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‘Miss Florida’ to learn fate next month

Short-lived Internet sensation Handerea Rolle, who was better known as “Miss Florida”, will learn her fate on a drug charge next month.

Rolle’s arrest on a drug possession with intent to supply charge came within weeks of a video of a Florida shopping vacation that landed her a promotion deal with a phone company.

The company pulled Rolle’s advertisements after she was arrested at a home on Smith’s Lane, off Andros Avenue, on February 13, 2018.

Yesterday, Rolle’s lawyer, Jomo Campbell, said that she would remain silent and call no witnesses in her defense.

Campbell said that he relied on his written no-case submissions at the close of the prosecution’s case. Rolle’s co-accused, Kenneth Moncur, also remained silent.

Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain will give her decision on March 27.

Rolle, 22, was arrested along with her boyfriend, 23-year-old Ilano Noel, who was also seen in the viral video, and Moncur, 41, of Smith’s Lane. Noel pleaded guilty and is serving an 18-month sentence.

According to the evidence, a team of officers went to a home on Smith’s Lane, off Andros Avenue, armed with a search warrant for drugs and firearms.

After officers announced their presence, they heard people inside say “police, police”, but no one answered the door.

The officers forced their way inside the home, where they met Noel dumping marijuana in the bathroom, the court heard.

While searching another part of the home, the officers found 86 foil wraps of marijuana, with a combined weight of 1¾ pounds of marijuana inside.

In her police interview, Rolle said that she came to the home to get some money from Noel for their daughter.

Moncur told police that he allowed Noel to use his house to store the drugs, the court heard.

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.
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